Samuel Seymour Epstein (April 13, 1926 – March 18, 2018) was a physician and, at the time of his death, professor emeritus of environmental and occupational health at the School of Public Health of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is known for his contributions on avoidable causes of cancer, for which he was given the Right Livelihood Award in 1998. His papers are held at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.
Epstein was born in England in 1926 and emigrated to the United States in 1960. For ten years he held a position at the Children's Cancer Research Foundation and Harvard University. He then became a distinguished professor at Case Western Reserve University before moving to the University of Illinois in 1976. In addition to 270 scientific articles, he published 12 books, and was active in publicizing claims on the carcinogenic properties of chlordane pesticides, growth hormones in milk, nitrosamines in bacon, saccharin, beverage preservatives, and other food additives. His work drew criticism from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, which claimed that his book The Safe Shopper's Bible misleads consumers by labeling safe products as carcinogenic. He was a strong critic of the American Cancer Society.
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- Epstein, S. S.; Legator, M., eds. (1971), The Mutagenicity of Pesticides, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
- Epstein, S. S., ed. (1971), Drugs of Abuse—Genetic and Other Chronic Non-Psychiatric Hazards, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
- Epstein, S. S.; Grundy, D., eds. (1974), The Legislation of Product Safety. Consumer Health and Product Hazards. Vol. I. Chemicals, Electronic Products, Radiation, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. Vol. II. Cosmetics and Drugs, Pesticides, Food Additives, MIT Press, 1976.
- Epstein, S. S. (1978), The Politics of Cancer, San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. Abridged Japanese translation, 1978. Revised and expanded edition, Anchor/Doubleday Press, New York, 1979. The Politics of Cancer, Revisited, East Ridge Press, Fremont Center, N.Y., 1998.
- Epstein, S. S.; Pope, C.; Brown, L. (1982), Hazardous Waste in America, San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.
- Doyal, L.; Epstein, S. S. (1983), Cancer in Britain: The Politics of Prevention, London: Pluto Press.
- Steinman, D.; Epstein, S. S. (1995), The Safe Shoppers' Bible, New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- Epstein, S. S.; Steinman, D. (1997), The Breast Cancer Prevention Program, New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 2nd ed. (with Levert), Macmillan, 1998.
- Epstein, S. S. (2001), Got (Genetically Engineered) Milk! The Monsanto Milk Wars Handbook (E-book)
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- Epstein, S. S. (2001), Unreasonable Risk. How to Avoid Cancer from Cosmetics and Personal Care Products, Environmental Toxicology. 2nd ed., Environmental Toxicology, 2005. Japanese ed., Lyon-sha Publishing, 2006.
- Epstein, S. S. (2005), Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War, Baywood Publishing.
- Epstein, S. S. (2006), What's In Your Milk?, Trafford Publishing.
- Epstein, S. S. (2009), Toxic Beauty, BenBella Books.
- Epstein, S. S. (2011), NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE and AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: Criminal Indifference to Cancer Prevention and Conflicts of Interest, Xlibris, Corp.
- Biography of Samuel Epstein
- Roberts, Sam (2018-04-25). "Dr. Samuel Epstein, 91, Cassandra of Cancer Prevention, Dies". The New York Times.
- UIC School of Public Health faculty & staff Archived 2009-12-11 at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 2009-12-13.
- Right Livelihood Award 1998: Samuel Epstein (USA) Archived 2006-04-19 at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 2009-12-13.
- Samuel S. Epstein Papers 1957-2007, National Library of Medicine
- About the author, from The Politics of Cancer Revisited
- Cohn, D'Vera (April 6, 1989), "Pesticide Fears Leave Pair A House That's Not Home;Virginia Couple Stay in Backyard Trailer", Washington Post
- "Growing a baby? Grow green!", Today, April 9, 2008. Excerpt from Green Babies, Sage Moms by Lynda Fassa.
- Blitman, Judy (August 8, 1973), "Food and Health Experts Warn Against Bringing Home the Bacon", New York Times
- Condor, Bob (June 11, 2000), "Taking saccharin off the carcinogen list strikes a sour note", Chicago Tribune
- Brody, Jane E. (December 21, 1971), "Drink Preservative Found To Produce a Carcinogen", New York Times
- Brody, Jane E. (January 21, 1973), "Group of Scientists Warns Against Ending Ban on Cancer-Causing Food Additives", New York Times
- "Book on unsafe products attacked by the FDA", Chicago Tribune, September 22, 1995